Purchasing a mattress is a significant investment, and if you’ve put the time, effort, and money into finding and buying the right mattress for you, it’s natural to want that mattress to last for as long as possible. Today, we’ll break down 15 different things that you can do to help make your mattress last longer.
- Choose wisely when you buy. This goes without saying, but doing your homework and understanding what goes into a well-made mattress is step one for preventing durability problems.
- Use a base for your mattress that is sturdy and appropriate for your mattress type. Mattress manufacturers typically offer guidance about what types of bed frames or bases are compatible with the mattress. Sometimes this is described in the fine print of the mattress warranty. Make sure that your bed setup meets these criteria and then inspect the base at least a few times per year for any signs of weakness or degradation that might affect the mattress itself.
- Observe weight guidelines. Not all mattresses are designed to support the same amount of weight. Often, the maximum weight for a mattress depends on its internal components. Avoid buying any mattress if your weight, combined with the weight of anyone else sharing the mattress, exceeds the listed maximum.
- Avoid excess pressure on the mattress. Repeated jumping is the most common way that undue pressure causes damage to a mattress. While kids (and maybe even adults) may be tempted to jump up and down on the mattress, it should be avoided if you want your mattress to last as long as possible.
- Reduce stress on the edge of the mattress. For many mattresses, the weakest point is at the edge, even for products that are built with extra edge support. While it’s fine to sit on the edge of your bed at times, doing so excessively could cause too much wear on the part of the mattress that is least equipped to absorb it.
- Keep pets, especially bigger animals, off the bed. It can be adorable to have a pet snuggle up in bed with you, but pets can put serious strain on a mattress. This can happen from their weight, from their movements, from claws or paws, and from pet accidents that can happen on the mattress. A separate pet bed on the floor nearby can keep your animal friends close without risking damage to your mattress.
- Stop or limit eating and drinking in bed. If you eat and drink in your bed often, it’s virtually inevitable that spills will occur or that crumbs will find their way into your bed. If food residue or liquids permeate into the mattress, they can degrade the components and reduce the lifespan of the mattress.
- Don’t smoke in your bedroom. Tobacco smoke can penetrate mattress materials and can lead to discoloration and to odors that may affect the long-term quality of your mattress.
- Use a mattress protector. A mattress protector goes over the cover of the mattress and can prevent the buildup of moisture, stains, and other things that can damage your mattress. Finding a high-quality mattress protector is especially important if you do permit your pet on your bed and/or if you eat and drink frequently in bed.
- Wash your bedsheets regularly. Every night, bedsheets accumulate small amounts of sweat, dirt, and other substances that can then collect on your mattress. If you launder your bedsheets regularly, you can help stop this buildup and prevent it from reaching your mattress.
- Wash the mattress cover according to manufacturer instructions. When you strip the sheets off the bed to wash them, that can be an excellent opportunity to wash your mattress cover. The proper method for cleaning your mattress cover depends on the material used in the cover, so make sure to check with the recommendations from the mattress maker before applying any chemicals or cleaning agents.
- Prevent bedbugs. An infestation by bedbugs can bring a quick and early demise to an otherwise excellent mattress. You can find background about bed bugs, tips for preventing them, and resources for getting rid of them in our bed bug guide.
- Remember to rotate your mattress. If your mattress is always positioned the same way, it can lead to uneven patterns of wear and tear. Try to remember to rotate (and if applicable flip) the mattress every few months.
- Move your mattress with care. Squeezing mattresses through doorways and into moving trucks can cause damage to the mattress and its internal components. Do your best to be gentle with your mattress and bed frame when moving them to avoid costly damage.
- Know your warranty and how to use it. Virtually every mattress comes with a warranty of at least 5 years, and some have 25-year or even lifetime warranties. Before buying a mattress, check out the warranty length and terms. And after you buy a mattress, be familiar with the process of making a warranty claim if you notice a defect.
It may not be possible or practical for everyone to put all 15 of these tips to use. But at the very least, you can apply some of these ideas and take the most meaningful steps to keep sleeping on the same mattress for many years into the future.